NFL Browns hire Campo to direct the defense
BEREA (AP) -- Former Dallas coach Dave Campo was hired as Cleveland's new defensive coordinator on Friday, reuniting him with Browns coach Butch Davis.
Campo and Davis worked together for six years as defensive assistants on the Cowboys' staff, helping Dallas win two Super Bowls. The two also coached at the University at Miami.
"I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Butch Davis," Campo said Friday. "We had a great working relationship at the University of Miami and with the Dallas Cowboys, and I have a great deal of respect for him."
Davis said Campo is "an outstanding person, and a tremendous teacher and he will have a significant impact on our players."
The 55-year-old Campo was fired on Dec. 30 after leading the Cowboys to their third straight 5-11 season. He had also interviewed for Seattle's defensive coordinator's job but decided to join Davis' staff.
The Browns' position opened up Tuesday when 63-year-old Foge Fazio announced his retirement, two days after Cleveland blew a 17-point lead in the second half of a 36-33 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC playoffs.
Fazio was criticized for using only three linemen to rush quarterback Tommy Maddox on the Steelers' final two scoring drives.
Campo coached the Cowboys secondary from 1991-94. Davis was Dallas' defensive coordinator in 1993-94. Campo took over the Cowboys defense when Davis left to take the head coaching job at Miami in 1995 and stayed in that role until he was named head coach before the 2000 season.
Campo's biggest challenge with the Browns could be getting more production from former first-round draft picks Courtney Brown and Gerard Warren.
Brown, the No. 1 overall selection in 2000, struggled with injuries for the second straight year and missed the final four games this season after undergoing knee surgery.
Warren was out of shape this season and didn't make as many big plays as he did as a rookie in 2001.